Seri Basketry

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Moser, Edward
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Date:
1973
Part Of Series:
Kiva, 38(3/4)
Extent:
pages 105-40
Abstract:
Basketry has been a traditional Seri craft at least since the late 17th century. Although very little information prior to the 20th century has survived, it is evident that the Seri have been receptive to new techniques and ideas from outside sources, both Indian and non-Indian. Intense contact with outsiders in recent years, which is based in part on the development of a market for Seri baskets, has led to rapid change in Seri social and economic structure. Basket sales have appreciably contributed to the partial adoption of a cash economy and buyer demand in turn has stimulated changes in Seri basketry. This article describes Seri baskets and the techniques of their manufacture from both traditional and modern perspectives. The functional role of baskets in traditional Seri culture is discussed with an emphasis on the web of beliefs and ritual activities which surround their manufacture and use.
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Published
Country:
Mexico
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Ethnography
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Entry Number:
856